Iowa Alumni Magazine | December 2013 | Features

Time Capsule

By Shelbi Thomas

From premature babies to ancient fossils, the reach of the University of Iowa, its people, and its artifacts span the generations.



  • 21 Weeks

    —the youngest gestational age at birth of an infant on the UI Health Care and UI Children's Hospital's Tiniest Babies Registry.

  • 2

    —age in years of the Hoak Family Golf Complex at Finkbine and the College of Public Health Building, the newest completed buildings on campus.

  • 2

    —age in years of the Hoak Family Golf Complex at Finkbine and the College of Public Health Building, the newest completed buildings on campus.

  • 16

    —age of UI women's soccer, the university's newest sports program.

  • 18

    —average age of freshmen who enrolled in the class of 2017.

  • 65

    —age of Herky, first drawn in 1948 by journalism instructor Dick Spencer, 43BA.

  • 100

    —age of the oldest residence hall, completed in 1913 and named after Amos N. Currier, a former UI Latin professor, dean of liberal arts, librarian, and acting president (1898-99).

  • 111

    —age of the oldest classroom still in use on campus (in Schaeffer Hall).

  • 112

    —age of the UI men's basketball program, started during the 1901-02 season when Ed Rule, 1904BS, coached Iowa to a 10-2 record.

  • 121

    —age of the oldest Hawkeye yearbook.

  • 124

    —years since the UI's first football game in 1889 against Iowa College (now Grinnell College).

  • 130

    —age of the Eastern black walnut tree in front of Macbride Hall on the Pentacrest, one of the oldest trees on campus.

  • 145

    —age of the oldest campus newspaper, the University Reporter, a predecessor to the Daily Iowan.

  • 145

    —age of the oldest degree received at Iowa, earned by Dexter Edson Smith, 1858BS, who later became an Oneida Community member, citrus farmer, civic activist, and a developer in Orange County, Calif.

  • 166

    —years since an Iowa meteorite fell south of Marion on Feb. 25, 1847, the day that legislation establishing the University of Iowa was signed into law at the Old Capitol in Iowa City. A fragment of the meteorite is on display in the Old Capitol Museum.

  • 171

    —age of the oldest building on campus (the Old Capitol).

  • 4,013-12,013

    —approximate age in years of the oldest piece in the UI Museum of Art's collection, a Neolithic Chinese earthenware vessel.

  • 4,060

    —approximate age of the oldest manuscript in the UI Libraries' Special Collections, a receipt signed by a temple scribe on a cuneiform tablet from Umma, modern Djoka.

  • 700-800 million

    —approximate age in years of the oldest fossil in the UI Paleontology Repository, a Stromatolite (microbial mat that lives in the sea) from eastern Greenland.

  • 4.5 billion

    —approximate age of the oldest objects in the UI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, meteorites that have been around since the formation of the solar system.

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